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Bespoke Topcoats in Washington DC

When it comes to Men’s suit accessories, a wardrobe simply can’t be complete without a bespoke topcoat. Apart from the obvious of looking stylish and gentlemanly, it will greatly help in keeping you warm and dry in Washington D.C.’s not so tropical fall months. Fleece coats from your typical retail store may keep you warm, but they only work for camping trips and outdoor activities; but at your office, in a meeting, or in any professional occupation (especially if you wear a suit), it makes you look like an amateur. Just like your bespoke suit, the only option is a bespoke topcoat to match from Michael Thomas Clothiers. There are several characteristics to consider when creating a bespoke overcoat, first and foremost; fabric. If you plan to wear this coat for years to come, there is no substitute for wool. In general, heavier coats last longer because the fabric is more durable. On the flip side, cashmere coats are very nice, soft and warm; but they can show wear fast overtime if warn a lot. So, a popular alternative is a wool/cashmere blend. It is softer and warmer than wool, and last longer and shows less wear than your typical cashmere topcoat. The next important characteristic to consider is the length and fit. The coat sleeves should completely cover both the suit sleeves and the cuffs, this way when you wear gloves, there will be no break between topcoat and gloves. Traditionally, topcoats used to be fairly long, almost reaching your ankles. These were the choice of seasoned gentleman. Today, it’s most common to see them reaching just to... read more

Winter Is Coming! What To Look For When Getting A Suit..

It’s no secret that the D.C area isn’t exactly known for its warm and sunny winters. So on that note, the time is coming to push those lighter linen suit to the back and opt for something with a bit more warmth. The fabric on your suits for the coming months will make all the difference when you are forced to bear the Capital cold while still looking your best and stylish. Here at Michael Thomas Clothiers, we refuse to make warmth look “boring”! Just as in the flexibility of a summer suit, we apply the same creativity and style to cold weather clothes. First and foremost, no suit is ever perfect for year-round weather. For instance, a fabric that breathes and keeps you cool in the summer, will basically flash freeze you as you walk the streets downtown. That isn’t the most comfortable thing you can do. This is true with winter suits, in the summer, you will be miserably hot. Some can get away with it in a temperate climate, but not here in Washington DC. This all comes down to the type of material that is used. You want something made of a thicker, heavier fabric to keep you warm and toasty. A popular option is the use of Wool. Wool remains to this day as one of the most common and popular winter suit fabrics. Wool is a very versatile fabric; it drapes nicely, maintains its form, and can be spun as loose or tight as you want. One popular type of Wool is called Worsted Wool, it is known to have a shiny quality... read more
Why Everyone in Washington DC Needs a Bespoke Suit

Why Everyone in Washington DC Needs a Bespoke Suit

When it comes to bespoke suits, some men are left in the dark for most of their lives, some will even go their entire lives without ever owning one. First and foremost, don’t let that be you! It’s time to get that bespoke suit. Your style is unique to you and it deserves to stand out from the crowd. Before purchasing your first bespoke suit, there are a few things we will go over with you that you need to consider. First and foremost, what is this suit for? Is this for a special occasion or for everyday wear? How exactly do you want it to fit and what type of cut? How many buttons? If you aren’t sure of these answers, do not worry! We will walk you through every step. The chances of a suit fitting you perfectly right off the rack is very slim at best. A fair amount of people out there feel that off the rack suits will suffice, but you are unique in your fitting. So rather than compromise, purchase a suit that is made for you. A Michael Thomas client deserves a custom fit that delivers the ultimate style and comfort and makes him stand out. The most important aspect for bespoke suits, is the fit. Be sure to consider not just the look, but how it feels. We will ensure that the suit fits at your shoulders and chest, and the length is right. Extra fabric is the enemy. We will walk you through what kind of cut you would like; American? British? Italian? We can walk you through subtle prints... read more

Custom Tailored Suit for Your Son in Washington DC

We all now the old saying, “Kid’s grow like weeds”, there are certain times in a child’s life when they grow in spurts. With that in mind, it seems a little counterintuitive to pay extra for a custom-made suit for a kid. Why waste the money and have an extra expense of a custom suit they won’t fit for long and will grow out of? When you compare an off-the-rack suit to a custom suit by Michael Thomas for your child, you will see why it is beneficial. Off-the-rack suits for boys just do not fit well. More often than not, they need extensive alterations, and they still don’t look very good and the fit is off, at best. By comparison, Michael Thomas suits for boys are made with the same care and fine materials as the suits made for adults. They will be guaranteed to look their best at weddings, events, etc. Off the rack suits are expensive and cheaply made with little attention to detail. On the flip side, custom made suits for kids use less fabric and are actually more affordable than an adult’s custom suit; yet it will have the same quality and attention to detail and will withstand wear like the adult counterpart. We have the ability to make the suits with extra fabric in the shoulders, arms, side and other areas. This will allow it to be let out as your child grows, and the suit will actually last for many years as it can grow with your child. This is something off-the-rack suits cannot do. Treat your son to a custom suit,... read more
We’re Moving! Custom Tailor in Washington, DC

We’re Moving! Custom Tailor in Washington, DC

Our journey began more than 35 years ago when our founder and owner Tom Comeau saw a need for custom tailored executive clothing. Our beginnings were humble, we tailored to Washington DC’s prominent individuals in their homes and offices. Word of our talent, style, attention to detail, and second to none customer service began to spread all across DC like wild fire. In 2011, due to such demand, we opened our first showroom in the heart of DC to better serve our ever-growing clientele. With almost forty years of experience under our belts, we know clothing. Since 2011 our showroom has grown and thrived, and now it’s time to grow again and start a new chapter for Michael Thomas Custom Clothiers! On September 1st, 2017, we will be moving to: Columbia Square 555 Thirteenth Street, NW (Lobby Level East) Washington, DC 20004 Our new location will provide our clients with three separate seating areas. This will help us to ensure that each one of our clients will experience our famous concierge level service and treatment. We feel that no two people are the same, so why should your clothing be? We will spend as much time necessary with you, from initial measuring, until the last button is sewn on. Our location now also provides a greater all-around experience as well. We are now conveniently located above the Metro Center Station. Our showroom is inside the Columbia Square building next to the Warner Theater. We are proudly independently and family owned establishment that is both professional and welcoming. We don’t just make custom tailored suits, we create memories and experiences.... read more

Summer Wardrobe Tips: Get an Executive Look That Helps You Beat the Heat

Now that it’s summer, many may be feeling that their wardrobes are more limited. Once a new season hits, it’s inevitable that a large chunk of your wardrobe becomes obsolete. For summer especially it can feel as if you have nothing left to wear or at least very little compared to your winter or fall wardrobe. The question always is, how do you look professional without overheating in a suit? At Michael Thomas Custom Clothiers, we can help you by creating custom outfits that will keep you not only cool in the summer but remain professional and feeling at the top of your game. We know that looking your best can help you have confidence and feel great at work. That’s why we want to help you put your best sartorial foot forward this summer. 4 Ways to Stay Cool and Looking Great This Summer Embrace Breathable Fabrics Natural fabrics like cotton or linen breath more, allowing you to survive the wave of heat when you get into your car in the morning for work or navigate the hot streets of your city for lunch. These fabrics just feel less restrictive and allow for more airflow so why not use them for a tailored top or loose pant? Go with a Shorter Hemline This season, we recommend putting your longer skirts back into storage. Instead, we invite you to try a knee length pencil skirt or flowy mid-length skirt. That way you can beat the heat while still looking feminine and professional. Plus, remember that some extra tailoring can help add a professional and incredibly classy feel to any... read more

3 Reasons To Get A Custom Tuxedo For Your Wedding Day

If your wedding day is approaching, consider a bespoke tuxedo. Not only are custom tuxedos made to keep you comfortable all day long, but also can be reused for many years to come. Your bride will select her perfect gown for the big day – and you should choose a perfect tuxedo. Here are 3 reasons to choose custom tuxedos: 1. Keeps you comfortable Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life – and one of the longest. From preparations to transportation, the ceremony to the party… you’ll want to be as comfortable as possible. Wearing a custom tuxedo will ensure that you feel great in your clothes all day long. Comfort is the key to happiness in your tuxedo – and happiness is the key to a wonderful wedding day! 2. Showcase your style It’s more important than ever to be yourself on your wedding day. Why not showcase your individual style through a bespoke tuxedo? Enjoy your wedding day wearing clothes that represent you. Your bride has spent months (or even years) selecting the perfect dress – why shouldn’t you spend time selecting the perfect tuxedo? Bonus – unlike wedding gowns, custom tuxedos can be worn over and over again! 3. Reuse for many occasions New Years Eve, Charity Dinners and friends’ weddings are just a few occasions that may call for custom tuxedos. Custom tuxedos are a classic item that will last a lifetime. Try pairing your perfectly fit tuxedo with various bowties and dress shirts for a fun new look at your next formal party. Specializing in bespoke clothing for... read more

Beat the Autumn Chill with a Bespoke Topcoat

Summer has descended into autumn, and soon, a bespoke topcoat from Michael Thomas Clothiers will be your favorite closet staple. An overcoat is great for cold, winter days, but too heavy for the chill of early fall; that’s where we — and our topcoats — come in. These tailored coats are typically made from wool, cashmere or a blend of the two, and are meant to be worn over a suit. Prepare yourself for cooler days ahead with the purchase of a bespoke topcoat. But see, the problem with most topcoats found in men’s department stores: They’re often constructed of the wrong fabric, or they cost only marginally less than one that was custom made, just for you. Bespoke tailors use only the highest quality fabrics in order to create outerwear that will last. The fabric chosen for your bespoke topcoat should be warm, yet classic enough to stay fashionable year after year. Color and the pattern are equally as important as the weight. A rule of thumb: The more extravagant the pattern and color, the less useful the topcoat will be. An experienced tailor can assist you with your fabric selection. In a temperate region like the Washington, DC metropolitan area a topcoat will only be worn for a small portion of the year. If stored properly to maintain its shape, the coat should last for several years. In the market for a topcoat? Michael Thomas Clothiers offers quality bespoke topcoats, custom made for you.  The bespoke process involves a personal consultation, a closet evaluation, and a styling session. The special care we take to get to know... read more

Make That Custom Suit Yours with the Right Accessories

You don’t get a second chance to make a first impression, and nothing makes a man look more sophisticated that a custom made suit. The right accessories infuse a bit of your own style and personality, and really make that custom suit yours. Choosing a classic suit, in a classic cut and color, will allow you to be a little more adventurous when it comes to men’s accessories, from socks to pocket squares, and cuff links to ties. A man must always be prepared; it is the Boy Scout way. If you’re still wearing socks that don’t match or, worse, white gym socks under that custom suit, thinking no one will notice, run; don’t walk to Michael Thomas Clothiers for an update. The wrong pair of socks can send the wrong message about your sense of style and character. Socks should be matched to your shoes, not your pants, and dark colors are always appropriate. Or maybe you’ll want to make a fashion statement — these feet are going places! — with a bold chevron or a graphic print. Whether your feet prefer to blend in or stand out, we have just the pair. A striking pocket square has the ability to give any jacket an added sense of style and sophistication. Available in numerous fabrics, colors, and patterns to suit a wide variety of tastes, a carefully selected pocket square creates a successful, well-dressed, finished look sure to set a man apart from his peers. Cufflinks should match your belt buckle and watch, but they should also reflect your own personal style. While formal occasions call for more classic... read more

Give Your Custom Suit An Upgrade With These Top Accessories

A good suit needs to be accompanied with the right accessories. However a poorly put together outfit can make even the best suit look terrible. Pairing your suit with the right accessories completes your look and adds style to your outfit. Top men’s accessories for your suit include: Tie Pocket Square Watch Shoes The tie that you decide to pair with your suit will depend on factors such as the kind of outfit that you will be wearing, the environment that you will be in, the time of day and the season. Bright or light colors, matte materials and bold patterns are best for casual affairs while dark colors, shiny silks and conservative patterns are better for a more formal setting. If the pattern is woven into the tie then it is typically considered slightly less formal than a tie with a printed pattern. Similarly, a tie with a small repeating pattern should be considered more formal than patterns such as stripes. Many people consider the pocket square an indispensible tool for defining a man of style. While there is no steadfast rule for choosing a pocket square, it should complement your shirt and tie, but not match them. Pocket squares are available in several different fabrics and patterns. Fabrics such as chambray go with everything from a gray suit to a navy blazer. When wearing a pocket square keep in mind that it is a finishing touch and should not be the focal point of your outfit. A watch is the most worn accessory piece by men. While many men don’t think about matching their watch to their... read more
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